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Jet Airways Founder and Chairman NareshGoyal and his wife Anita Goyal resigned from the board on March 25, 2019 amid the reports of looming financial crisis in the airlines. However, the CEO of Jet Airways, Vinay Dube will stay on to steer the airline carrier out of the current financial crisis
The board of Jet Airways accepted their resignation. NareshGoyal is presently in London, and addressed all 23,000 employees from there. The Jet Airways was founded nearly 25 years ago by the Goyals in 1993.
Post their resignation, the Bank Led Interim Resolution Plan (BLIRP) came into effect for the revival of the airline.
The maximum retail price of 390 non-scheduled cancer medicines have been reduced by up to 87 percent, which would result in annual savings of around Rs 800 crore for the patients, the government said. The National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority on Feb. 27 had brought 42 non-scheduled anti-cancer drugs under price control, capping trade margin at 30 percent.
Manufacturers and hospitals were directed to convey the revised MRP, to be effective from
March 8, based on the trade margin formula.
This move is expected to benefit 22 lakh cancer patients in the country and would result in annual savings of around Rs 800 crore to the patients.
India gets its first Lokpal six years after the passage of Act, former Supreme Court judge, Pinaki Chandra Ghose was on March 19, 2019 appointed as India’s first Lokpal also known as the anti-corruption ombudsman.
Ghose appointment was approved by the President Ram NathKovind. Besides this, the President also appointed four judicial and four non-judicial members of the Lokpal.
The Indian Department of Post on March 18, 2019 released a ‘special stamp cover on Ice Stupa’.
The stamp was released by Jammu and Kashmir’s Chief Postmaster General during a function organised at the Ice Stupa site at Gangles Village in Leh.
Ahmedabad: PM NarendraModi launched the indigenously-developed National Common Mobility Card (NCMC) to enable people to pay multiple kinds of transport charges, including metro services and toll tax, across the country. Dubbed as ‘One Nation One Card’, the inter-operable transport card would allow the holders to pay for their bus travel, toll taxes, parking charges, retail shopping and even withdraw money.
Around 96.5 percent of the households in Rural India who have access to the toilet use it as per the National Annual Rural Sanitation Survey (NARSS) 2018-19, conducted by Independent Verification Agency (IVA).
The Swachh Bharat Mission (Grameen) on February 6, 2019 launched the ‘Darwaza Band -Part 2’ campaign for sustainability of the Open Defecation Free (ODF) status of villages across the country.
Google has unveiled a new app ‘Bolo’ that aims to help primary school students learn to read in Hindi and English.
Bolo features an animated character ‘Diya’, that encourages children to read stories aloud and helps if the child is unable to pronounce a word. The app was earlier piloted in about 200 villages in Uttar Pradesh.
President Ram NathKovind on March 9, 2019 launched the Pulse Polio programme 2019 by administering polio drops to children less than five years old at the RahstrapatiBhawan.
More than 17 crore children of less than five years across the country will be given polio drops as part of the Pulse Polio Programme 2019 to sustain polio eradication from the country.
Indian and Pakistan’s officials on March 14, 2019 held the first round of talks to discuss and finalise the modalities for Kartarpur Corridor at the Indian side of the Attari-Wagah border.
The corridor will facilitate visa-free travel of Indian Sikh pilgrims to the GurdwaraDarbar Sahib in Kartarpur, Pakistan. Indian Government seeks to operationalise the Kartarpur Corridor by November 2019 on the occasion of the 550th Birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev.